MS Dhoni drew severe flak upon himself after making a couple of haywire comments about the impact of youngsters in their ranks.
Chennai succumbed to their seventh defeat of the season as Rajasthan Royals tore them apart into pieces, earlier with a collective effort from the bowlers and then a heroic knock from Jos Buttler with the bat.
Former Indian opener, Krishnamachari Srikkanth launched a scathing verbal assault on Mahi after the latter tried to justify his action of dropping youngsters from the team.
Dhoni said that the changes which were given to the youngsters were not utilized properly and they failed to oust the seniors from the squad. The reference in the comments was made about Narayan Jagadeesan and Ruturaj Gaikwad. Jagadeesan constructed a fine 33 in the face of jeopardy for Chennai, which according to MS wasn’t enough to consider him for a second time over a terribly under-performing Kedhar Jadhav.
Srikkanth cited, “I won’t agree with what MS Dhoni is saying. He’s rambling about ‘process’ but I will not agree with his words. You talk about the process but your process of selection itself is wrong. You say youngsters (like Jagadeesan) don’t have spark, so then are you saying that players like Kedar Jadhav have spark? Come on, this is ridiculous.”
He also continued, “I will not accept his answers today. You talk about the process but the tournament is almost going to come to an end – what’s the purpose of giving youngsters a chance after the competition is done? Jagadeesan showed some spark.”
Another erstwhile Indian opener, Sadagoppan Ramesh quoted, “100%. In the only chance Jagadeesan got, his intent and approach was 100 times better than Jadhav. CSK should definitely have given more chances to Jagadeesan”.
Dhoni also didn’t use his spin bowlers for their full quota as the duo of Karn Sharma and Piyush Chawla bowled 4.2 overs vis-à-vis their counterparts in pink as Rajasthan bowled a quota of 8 overs of spin, only slipping 32 runs from them and claiming 2 wickets. Dhoni justified this move, quoting that there was the minimal turn for the bowlers on the pitch.
Srikkanth launched another philippic against the former Indian wicket-keeper, quoting, “I will not agree with his words about the spinners today as well. Karn Sharma, although he conceded runs, took wickets. But Chawla? Dhoni might be on a higher level than me, but I will not agree with his statements today. The ball did turn; the ball did grip. I will not accept that fact.”